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I first watched this series on HBO then i read the book. This is one time the book is completely different but in a good way. Kevin isn't the mayor in the series and there is no talk of his dad or his mysterious dog killing friend. Holy Wayne in the series is a prophet or angel type leader. Jon who is Kevins son is following Wayne and taking care of his girlfriend. She is carrying the baby of Holy Wayne which Nore Durst finds in the end. Who is this baby? His wife and daughter has a lot of problems. One lives with the cult group The Guilty Remnant and the other could join!! Overall a good story about where a fourth of the world just disappeared. Is it the rapture or aliens ? I guess book two will explain a lot more because there is a whole lot more to tell about this crazy town called Mapleton. Maybe book two can tell us more? The HBO series is better than the book and you don't hear me ever say that much because the book usually is always better!!!
As the show has shown, the concept is great. The world is thoughtfully built, but the author just doesn't go far enough. The Holy Wayne story line is definitely the weakest although it is the storyline that shows us the most of this post "rapture" world.
The character of Kevin could have been much deeper and more complex.
Yes, the world that is presented has so much potential. Luckily HBO made a show of this book and they took the concept way farther than the book did.
At the end of the book I was left wanting more. The concept of a rapture that is presented as not really the biblical rapture creates potential for a lot of interesting possibilities. The story lines just sort of tail off without any real climax. I mostly just read the book because I enjoyed the show, but on this rare occasion the book was not better than the adaptation.
It you just want to read about how the US might deal with a huge mental and emotional trauma, and see how some people go nuts, but mostly life just keeps on going on. Then this book will be great.
For anyone who likes books to have a plot, or a story, or a conclusion: Do Not Read This!
I feel sorry for whatever genre this book is listed under. Because that genre just got worse.
Kevin is the only non crazy person. But he's spineless, so he doesn't hold people accountable or even try and help them.
I would based on the author's exquisite talent. Also, the premise was just so unique to me, so I'd love to know what a friend thinks of it.
Yes! I would love for more time to be spent on the actual event that gets the story rolling. For something so monumental, I felt it was just pushed too far aside.
This audiobook was simply excellent! The first 20 minutes it was difficult for me to get a grip of the tale, but after that, it was pure concentration. I was so disappointed when it ended because I wanted MORE! Now that I got done for over a week ago the story still lives within me, which is a sure sign of a magnificent book.
On the plus side, this is a great concept and well written. Narration was good. I did enjoy certain parts of the book very much. On the other hand, the story didn't consistently hit the same note (comedy, tragedy?) and sort of meandered along (slowly) until...it was over. I felt a little more enlightened about the whole point after listening to an interview with the author, but not enough to wholeheartedly recommend the book.
I have enjoyed Tom Perotta's other work and I found many of the same qualities I enjoyed in his other works here - moments of wry humor, deeply flawed but compelling characters, and well crafted prose. However interesting the premise, I found the overall work unsatisfying. The story came to a somewhat abrupt end that gave me the feeling that the writer simply didn't know how to end it gracefully.
The narrator did a good job and this passed the time on a long car trip well, but I found this book a bit dissapointing.
Avid book listener. I love anything James Lee Burke,John Sandford and Nelson Demille. Stephen King has entertained me recently.
I was pleasantly surprised to find a fun story about a possible rapture.I would much rather listen to The Leftovers than The Left Behind series.
.....the ending TOTALLY ticked me off!!
Okay...now that I got that off my chest....I was so excited to read this book....the cover was just so cool....the author is one I had read "Little Children" and really liked it.....and who doesn't want to read about 'The Rapture'???
I tried to like the main characters but I felt like I didn't really know them by the end of the book.....they all felt pretty superficial to me and I was basically disappointed in all their storylines and how they ended or should I say left you hanging....NOTHING worse than not finishing a storyline....
As for the ending.......I kept hoping that the last chapter of the book would redeem it by giving me something amazing to sum it all up....Was it really the Rapture or was it some Government conspiracy or aliens zapping people off the face of the earth??? Will any of the main characters reach some point of resolve and happiness in their bleak outlooks on life??? Will it make me forgive Tom Perotta for this waste of 10 hours of my life and be looking forward to his next novel??? I can tell you that the book failed in all those aspects and more for me....it turned out to be one longgggg boring review of people trying to cope with sudden loss of loved ones and what they should do now that it seems that there isn't much left in the world to look forward to.
It just NEVER got really exciting at any point in the book....there were many hopeful scenarios where I would think.....FINALLY....something to make my heart beat a little faster or wake me up from this snoze-fest.....then it would just fade into another story line with no climax.....this happened over and over again and then BAM the ending was absolutely a "WTF...is that really it?!?!?!"....I sat there waiting for something more and it was just a bunch of dead air than music to tell me the story was FINISHED...OMG.....I was so frustrated I came home and ranted to my husband all night long about how STUPID and FRUSTRATING the ending was and that I had just lost 10 hours of my life that I could never get back!!!
So basically what I'm trying to say is this book left me hanging and bummed because I was really looking forward to a new look at what has been written about many times before and it just wasn't there....Sorry Tom but I tried....but I just couldn't love it or even like it.....it was just ho-hum for me...
My issues are with the story, not the audio. I was disappointed with the story itself
Not a thing. He was fine
Nothing. My issues are with the story, not the audio
All of them
I will rely more on reader/listener reviews in the future and less on NPR book reviews